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Guide to Palm Beach County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Palm Beach County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Location of Florida in the U.S.
Founded April 30, 1909
County Seat West Palm Beach
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Palm Beach County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1909 1899 1909 1909 1909 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Palm Beach County Courthouse
301 N Olive Ave;
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-4705
Phone: 561.355.2754

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records. [2]

History[edit | edit source]

Like a mighty Banyan: contribution of Black people to the history of Palm Beach County. editor, Vivian Reissland Rouson-Gossett ; associate editor, C. Spencer Pompey. - Palm Beach County, FLA.: Palm Beach Junior College, [1982]. - 96 p. F317.P2 L54 1982

History Palm Beach[edit | edit source]

Index page at the Palm Beach FLGenWeb

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1909--Palm Beach County was created 30 April 1909 from Dade County.
County seat: West Palm Beach [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Palm Beach, Florida. The county seat is West Palm Beach and the county was created April 30, 1909.[4] The County is located in the Southeast area of the state.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Palm Beach, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Palm Beach County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.

  • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

FLGenWeb Palm Beach

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Palm Beach W.

Cities and Towns[edit | edit source]

FLGenWeb, Palm Beach County Cities and Towns

Court[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

1923 Palm Beach FLGenWeb 1954 FLGenWeb 1956 American-Finish FLGenWeb 1978 Phone Book FLGenWeb

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Land Grants of Palm Beach Co FLGenWeb

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

Hurricanes, The Case of the Disappearing Ancestor; Palm Beach Co, FLGenWeb

Immigration[edit | edit source]

NARA Ships Passenger Lists These passenger lists cover:
1834 - 1897 Immigration of Russians to the United States
1/12/1846 -12/31/1851 Irish Famine
1850 - 1897 Germans to the United States
1855 - 1900 Italians to the United States

Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Current Newspapers of Palm Beach Co Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Courtesy of The Boca Raton Historical Society Archives:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Vital Records of the Palm Beach Co, FLGenWeb

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

  • Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County
    PO Box 17617
    3650 Summit Boulevard
    West Palm Beach, FL 33416
    Phone: 561-616-3455
  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
    PO Box 7796
    Delray Beach, FL 33482-7796
    Phone: 561-450-9577
  • Palm Beach County Library
    3650 Summit Boulevard
    West Palm Beach, FL 33406
    Phone: 561-233-2600

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Palm Beach County, Florida . Page 133-137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 143-145.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Palm Beach County, Florida Page 136 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/25/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Palm Beach County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida 04/25/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Palm Beach County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida, accessed 10 Dec 2018.